For us it’s about maximizing the chances of a 20th overall victory in Le Mans for the 75th anniversary of the Porsche brand.
The history of the race has proven that particularly the additional vehicles can make a world of difference in a deciding moment. Take the race in 2015 for example: it was the third Porsche 919 Hybrid of Porsche Motorsport that brought the victory in Le Mans.
„The commitment in Le Mans with three factory 963 increases our chances, but also proves to be a great challenge at the same time,” says Urs Kuratle, Director Factory Racing LMDh. “We have to provide additional crew, and transport an IMSA vehicle to France and back again. We want to make the best out of our possibilities and shine in the 75th year of the brand Porsche and during the 100th anniversary of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The privilege to be permitted to use the third Porsche 963 also poses logistical and operational challenges.
Entering behind the wheel of the Porsche 963 with the starting number 5 will be Dane Cameron, Michael Christensen and Frédéric Makowiecki. Its sister car with the number 6 will be steered by Kévin Estre, Laurens Vanthoor and the three-time Le Mans overall victor André Lotterer from Germany.
Operating in the cockpit of starting number 75 will be Felipe Nasr. His two team colleagues will be joining from the existing IMSA driver squad of Porsche Penske Motorsport. Who that will be will be announced at a later date. The customer racing team Hertz Team JOTA has nominated the factory driver António Félix da Costa from Portugal, the Brit Will Stevens and Yifei Ye for their starting number 38. The Chinese man is the sponsored driver of Porsche Motorsport Asia-Pacific.
The 24 Hours of Le Mans took place for the first time 100 years ago in France. The 91st edition will be taking place on June 10 and 11, 2023.